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Kent sign paceman Parnell

By Mike Rees

Kent have signed South African paceman Wayne Parnell as their overseas player for 2009, initially for a six-week period.

The 19-year-old agreed terms with the county on Thursday and, subject to UK visa clearance, is expected to arrive in England on Saturday morning.

It his hoped his first appearance will be in Spitfires' Friends Provident Trophy opener against Somerset in Taunton on Sunday.

Nicknamed ‘Pigeon’ or ‘Parny’, Parnell has played only 11 first-class games for his native Eastern Province Warriors side taking 27 wickets at an average of 33.25.

In his four one-day-international appearances for the Proteas, he has claimed six wickets at an average of 31.

His last international appearance was on April 13, when he played against Australia at his home ground in Port Elizabeth.

Kent's chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said: “We’re delighted that Wayne has decided to come to Kent, particularly at such short notice.

“Graham Ford has seen him in action in recent weeks and believes he will do a fantastic job for us.”

Parnell was South Africa captain during the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia, where he led the side into the final.

He comes to Kent in place of Stuart Clark, who was recalled by Australia earlier this month.

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